|13 Sep 2016||#1|
Blocking out-of-date Flash ActiveX controls
Note: Customers running Windows Server 2012R2, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are not impacted by this change. By default, Windows Update will automatically install important Flash updates as they become available for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge on those systems.
Starting on October 11, 2016, we’re expanding the out-of-date ActiveX control blocking feature to include outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player. This update notifies you when a Web page tries to load a Flash ActiveX control older than (but not including):
Supported configurations and scope of out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocking
Unlike out-of-date Java and Silverlight blocking, the following caveats are additionally applicable to out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocking.
Out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocking only applies to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
First, with out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer will only warn you once per tab process. All subsequent out-of-date Flash ActiveX controls will be allowed.
Second, users who are not members of the Local Administrators group on the PC will not see any out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocks.
If you would like out-of-date Flash blocking to apply to all users, including non-members of the Administrators group, run the following command from a command prompt:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext" /v NonAdminSuppressEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Finally, the term of out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocking will end on November 10, 2016.
Enterprise testing for out-of-date Flash ActiveX control blocking
Remember, out-of-date ActiveX controls aren’t blocked in the Local Intranet Zone or the Trusted Sites Zone, so your intranet sites and trusted line-of-business apps should continue to use ActiveX controls without any disruption.
If you want to see what happens when a user goes to a Web page with an out-of-date Flash ActiveX control after October 11, 2016, you can run this test:
If you need more time to minimize your reliance on outdated Flash ActiveX controls, see the Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking on managed devices section of the Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking topic.
― Jasika Bawa, Program Manager, Enterprise & Security
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